Upcoming releases and events at King Family Vineyards

King Family has some exciting upcoming releases and events planned for the first half of 2015: – First Wednesday – Wednesday, February 4, 2015 – Crosé 2014 Release – Saturday, February 14, 2015 – Barrel Tasting with Winemaker Matthieu Finot: Session 1 & Session 2 – Saturday, February 28, 2015 – “3” 2013 Release – March 3, 2015 – Wish...

Penfolds icon and luxury releases: 2010 and 2012

Gilbert & Sullivan could no doubt write a ditty about the lot of wine journalists in contradistinction to that of police. Not only will we have the long awaited and much anticipated 2010 Grange, but a string of the best of the Penfolds red range from 2012.  I am salivating at the thought of it, the tasting – with an embargo of October 1, is to take place on September 23. Australian Wine...

2010 Barolo – Values and Legendary Wines – Notes on more than 100 Releases

  The town of Barolo, early morning  (Photo ©Tom Hyland) I recently tasted more than 125 examples of Barolo from the 2010 vintage at the Nebbiolo Prima event in Alba, Piemonte. This event is held each year for a select few dozen journalists (about 70) from around the world, who taste the wines blind over the course of several days. This was the tenth year in the last twelve I have participated...

Felton Road New Releases – Interview with Winemaker Blair Walter

As luck will have it, I am likely to interview the two most highly regarded  Pinot Noir winemakers in the Southern Hemisphere on subsequent days. The discussion with Blair Walter of Felton Road last night was an interesting lesson in the influence of terroir. The three vineyards from which the four single vineyard Pinot Noirs come, are quite close, yet the terroir influences are quite different. The...

Bass Phillip New Releases – Interview with Phillip Jones

Bass Phillip is perhaps the best, certainly the most unpredictable Pinot Noir producer in Australia with often exciting results. Phillip Jones, the owner, is a highly intelligent, often unorthodox winemaker. The interview ended up more like a lecture, as I expected and have experienced previously. The Bass Phillip  four vineyards are in an unusual location in and around Leongatha, South Gippsland....